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Chambers of George Bompas QC

LINCOLN'S INN, LONDON, WC2A 3XT, ENGLAND
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Work 020 7242 5524
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Fax 020 7831 7907
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385 LONDON CHANCERY LANE WC2
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www.4stonebuildings.com

London Bar

Set overviews: England and Wales

Described by some as β€˜a bit of a Slaughter and May of the Bar’, Chancery set 4 Stone Buildings is β€˜very good for banking and commercial disputes’, offering approachable counsel for company and partnership, financial services, civil fraud and insolvency work. The clerks’ room, led by senior clerk David Goddard, is β€˜the best in the market’ and β€˜eager to assist’; β€˜if I have a question others cannot answer, I go to them,’ said one solicitor. Others highlighted the team’s β€˜excellent relationship with the court and listings office’ and its pragmatism β€˜when it comes to negotiating fees’. First junior clerk Jason Doyle is β€˜user friendly and happy to discuss which counsel to use for your matters’, and β€˜understands what is required for the lay client’. β€˜Ones to watch’, Ben Lashmar and Harry Hinkins offer an β€˜excellent service’ and β€˜are always available to speak’. Offices in: London

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Administrative and public law (including local government)
Administrative and public law (including local government) – Leading silks

Jonathan Crow QC - 4 Stone Buildings β€˜He commands authority and combines outstanding advocacy with commercial pragmatism.’

Ranked: tier 2

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Banking and finance (including consumer credit)
Banking and finance (including consumer credit) – Leading sets - ranked: tier 4

4 Stone Buildings

4 Stone Buildings is β€˜a terrific set on banking and insolvency, with some real stars’, particularly among the set’s senior silks. Members have been involved in several leading mandates, including Singularis Holdings Limited v Daiwa Capital Markets Europe, and JSC BTA Bank v. Ablyazov.

Banking and finance (including consumer credit) – Leading silks

Robert Miles QC - 4 Stone Buildings β€˜A real star, probably top of this tree at present.’

Ranked: tier 1

Jonathan Crow QC - 4 Stone Buildings β€˜One of those super silks who manages to pull a rabbit out of a hat on even the most difficult cases.’

Ranked: tier 3

Richard Hill QC - 4 Stone Buildings β€˜An extremely hardworking and energetic QC.’

Ranked: tier 4

John Brisby QC - 4 Stone Buildings β€˜Combines intellectual rigour with a passion for his client’s case.’

Ranked: tier 5
Banking and finance (including consumer credit) – 2019 silks

Andrew De Mestre QC - 4 Stone Buildings β€˜Clear thinking, amazing memory and an ability to assimilate information quickly.’

Ranked: tier 1
Banking and finance (including consumer credit) – Leading juniors

Sharif Shivji - 4 Stone Buildings β€˜Very good at analysing complex financial structures.’

Ranked: tier 2

Alastair Tomson - 4 Stone Buildings β€˜An excellent junior, in court he can go toe to toe with QCs.’

Ranked: tier 4

Christopher Harrison - 4 Stone Buildings β€˜Able, hardworking and good with clients.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation – Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

4 Stone Buildings

4 Stone Buildings is β€˜a great set for commercial litigation, especially that related to company law’, and is noted for its β€˜good mix of seniors and juniors with genuine expertise’. The set’s commercial barristers enjoyed another active year with significant roles in Autonomy Corporation v Dr Michael Lynch, Robert Tchenguiz v Grant Thornton, and Haven Insurance v Gavin Edmondson Solicitors. The service from the clerks is β€˜proactive and collaborative’.

Commercial litigation – Leading silks

Jonathan Crow QC - 4 Stone Buildings β€˜Absolutely top drawer in everything he does, an amazingly versatile advocate.’

Ranked: tier 1

Robert Miles QC - 4 Stone Buildings β€˜Very calm and measured in court, so when he criticises the other side it is all the more impactful.’

Ranked: tier 1

John Brisby QC - 4 Stone Buildings β€˜Highly respected – a good team player and popular in the BVI.’

Ranked: tier 2

George Bompas QC - 4 Stone Buildings β€˜Very quick with his paperwork, he comes up with an analysis of the law and facts that you can trust.’

Ranked: tier 3

Richard Hill QC - 4 Stone Buildings β€˜He leaves no stone unturned.’

Ranked: tier 5

Andrew Clutterbuck QC - 4 Stone Buildings β€˜Has a forensic analysis of complex commercial Chancery cases enhanced by a practical approach.’

Ranked: tier 6
Commercial litigation – Leading juniors

Sharif Shivji - 4 Stone Buildings β€˜Outstanding as a commercial litigation and a delight to work with.’

Ranked: tier 2

Paul Greenwood - 4 Stone Buildings β€˜An absolute star senior junior, with an understated style which is incredibly effective.’

Ranked: tier 4

Christopher Harrison - 4 Stone Buildings β€˜His style of delivering advice simply and clearly is appreciated by clients.’

Ranked: tier 5

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Company and partnership
Company – Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

4 Stone Buildings

β€˜First class in every single way’, 4 Stone Buildings is noted for its strong clerking culture and the quality of advice offered by its members. Expertise within the set covers all aspects of company law, which has become a real focus of its work. Multiple members continued their involvement in Autonomy v Dr Michael Lynch, while Robert Miles QC is acting for Kaupthing in Vincent Tchenguiz v Grant Thornton, Kaupthing and others. With a strong international practice, Jonathan Crow QC is instructed by Koza Altin on its Court of Appeal hearing in Koza Ltd v Akcil.

Company – Leading silks

George Bompas QC - 4 Stone Buildings β€˜Has superb insight and is a highly effective advocate.’

Ranked: tier 1

John Brisby QC - 4 Stone Buildings β€˜He leads in shareholder disputes.’

Ranked: tier 1

Jonathan Crow QC - 4 Stone Buildings β€˜An absolute super star with remarkable intellectual elegance.’

Ranked: tier 1

Richard Hill QC - 4 Stone Buildings β€˜A big name in company disputes.’

Ranked: tier 1

Robert Miles QC - 4 Stone Buildings β€˜Specialises in complex corporate and commercial disputes and transactions.’

Ranked: tier 1
Company – Leading juniors

Christopher Harrison - 4 Stone Buildings β€˜Able, hardworking and good with clients.’

Ranked: tier 1

Sharif Shivji - 4 Stone Buildings β€˜A star in the making, he has the most tremendous enthusiasm and work ethic.’

Ranked: tier 2

Gregory Denton-Cox - 4 Stone Buildings β€˜Has an active multi-jurisdictional practice.’

Ranked: tier 3

Paul Greenwood - 4 Stone Buildings β€˜An absolute star senior junior; unflappable and has a calm and understated style.’

Ranked: tier 3

Alexander Cook - 4 Stone Buildings β€˜He is extremely good with clients and is user friendly.’

Ranked: tier 4

Hermann Boeddinghaus - 4 Stone Buildings β€˜Excels in company matters with an international or offshore element.’

Ranked: tier 4

James Knott - 4 Stone Buildings β€˜A diligent, articulate and intelligent advocate.’

Ranked: tier 4

Jonathan Brettler - 4 Stone Buildings β€˜He has a depth of experience, technical expertise and provides clear legal advice.’

Ranked: tier 4

Anna Markham - 4 Stone Buildings β€˜Very knowledgeable, experienced and easy to work with.’

Ranked: tier 5

Alastair Tomson - 4 Stone Buildings β€˜Very hard working, adept and intelligent.’

Ranked: tier 5

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Financial services
Financial services – Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

4 Stone Buildings

Members from 4 Stone Buildings regularly represent clients before disciplinary tribunals, including the FCA’s Regulatory Decisions Committee and the Financial Services and Markets Tribunal. A notable recent highlight has been R (Macris) v FCA, which went to the Supreme Court.

Financial services – Leading silks

Jonathan Crow QC - 4 Stone Buildings β€˜Excellent all round; a very good advocate, good submissions, and good on paper.’

Ranked: tier 2

John Brisby QC - 4 Stone Buildings β€˜A good all-rounder.’

Ranked: tier 3

Robert Miles QC - 4 Stone Buildings β€˜A class act, he takes on the most complex and challenging cases and masters them.’

Ranked: tier 3
Financial services – Leading juniors

Charles Marquand - 4 Stone Buildings β€˜My go-to barrister for regulatory work: knowledgeable, user friendly and commercial.’

Ranked: tier 1

Alastair Tomson - 4 Stone Buildings β€˜Very hardworking, adept and intelligent, and also good at dealing with clients.’

Ranked: tier 3

Sharif Shivji - 4 Stone Buildings β€˜Probably the best junior on financial services regulation disputes, his knowledge is encyclopaedic.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Fraud: civil
Fraud: civil – Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

4 Stone Buildings

4 Stone Buildings has a strong background in civil fraud work with regular commercial mandates, as well as instructions from public bodies such as the National Crime Agency. The set has some top-quality barristers, including several leading name silks. This has led to prominent roles on cases such as Autonomy v Michael Lynch & others, and Shulman v Kolomoisky & Bogolyubov.

Fraud: civil – Leading silks

Robert Miles QC - 4 Stone Buildings β€˜An excellent advocate and cross-examiner.’

Ranked: tier 1

Jonathan Crow QC - 4 Stone Buildings β€˜One of the best silks I have ever worked with.’

Ranked: tier 2

John Brisby QC - 4 Stone Buildings β€˜Someone I’m always pleased to have fighting for my clients.’

Ranked: tier 2
Fraud: civil – 2019 silks

Andrew De Mestre QC - 4 Stone Buildings β€˜Likes to get into the forensic detail to really understand the business issues underlying the dispute.’

Ranked: tier 1
Fraud: civil – Leading juniors

Christopher Harrison - 4 Stone Buildings β€˜A calm and patient advocate who seeks to align with the judge.’

Ranked: tier 2

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IT and telecoms (excluding regulatory)
Telecoms (regulatory) – Leading silks

Jonathan Crow QC - 4 Stone Buildings β€˜He combines his outstanding advocacy with a sense of commercial pragmatism and wit.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Insolvency
Insolvency – Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

4 Stone Buildings

4 Stone Buildings is singled out as β€˜a strong, likeable set all the way from the clerks’ room to senior barristers’; while members β€˜never fall short of sound legal knowledge and skill’. Multiple members are kept busy with aspects of the collapse of BHS. Tom Gentleman and Robert Miles QC are acting for a defendant in Robert Tchenguiz v Grant Thornton, Kaupthing & others.

Insolvency – Leading silks

Jonathan Crow QC - 4 Stone Buildings β€˜Tremendous gravitas in the courts.’

Ranked: tier 1

Robert Miles QC - 4 Stone Buildings β€˜He is a class act.’

Ranked: tier 2

John Brisby QC - 4 Stone Buildings β€˜A good all-rounder.’

Ranked: tier 3

George Bompas QC - 4 Stone Buildings β€˜He comes up with an analysis of the law and facts that you can trust.’

Ranked: tier 5
Insolvency – 2019 silks

Andrew de Mestre QC - 4 Stone Buildings β€˜He really understands the business issues underlying the dispute.’

Ranked: tier 1
Insolvency – Leading juniors

Sharif Shivji - 4 Stone Buildings β€˜He is very bright and thoughtful.’

Ranked: tier 2

Christopher Harrison - 4 Stone Buildings β€˜Great application and attention to detail.’

Ranked: tier 4

Anna Markham - 4 Stone Buildings β€˜Very knowledgeable in insolvency law.’

Ranked: tier 5

Hermann Boeddinghaus - 4 Stone Buildings β€˜He is very experienced with offshore litigation.’

Ranked: tier 5

Sarah Harman - 4 Stone Buildings β€˜Very experienced and reliable.’

Ranked: tier 5

Tiran Nersessian - 4 Stone Buildings β€˜Massive integrity and awareness of government regulation.’

Ranked: tier 5

Tom Gentleman - 4 Stone Buildings β€˜Very bright, considered and thorough.’

Ranked: tier 5

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Proceeds of Crime Act and asset forfeiture
Proceeds of Crime Act and asset forfeiture – Leading juniors

Alexander Cook - 4 Stone Buildings β€˜He acts for the NCA in politically sensitive cases.’

Ranked: tier 2

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Set overviews: England and Wales

Described by some as β€˜a bit of a Slaughter and May of the Bar’, Chancery set 4 Stone Buildings is β€˜very good for banking and commercial disputes’, offering approachable counsel for company and partnership, financial services, civil fraud and insolvency work. The clerks’ room, led by senior clerk David Goddard, is β€˜the best in the market’ and β€˜eager to assist’; β€˜if I have a question others cannot answer, I go to them,’ said one solicitor. Others highlighted the team’s β€˜excellent relationship with the court and listings office’ and its pragmatism β€˜when it comes to negotiating fees’. First junior clerk Jason Doyle is β€˜user friendly and happy to discuss which counsel to use for your matters’, and β€˜understands what is required for the lay client’. β€˜Ones to watch’, Ben Lashmar and Harry Hinkins offer an β€˜excellent service’ and β€˜are always available to speak’. Offices in: London

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